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Jetblue and Lufthansa to Code-Share

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Lufthansa plans to seek regulatory approval to form a code-share agreement with JetBlue Airways, The Financial Times reported.
The two companies will file a request with the US Department of Transportation as early as Monday, the newspaper said in its online edition. Lufthansa owns a minority stake in JetBlue.

(Reuters
 

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Lufthansa seeks JetBlue code-share

Published: August 30 2009 22:45
Lufthansa plans to seek regulatory approval to form a “code-share” agreement with JetBlue Airways, marking the German airline’s latest effort to forge closer ties to the US carrier and its coveted New York hub.
Code-shares, so called for the two-letter codes used to identify the airline operating a given flight, emerged in the 1980s to help ease passenger concerns that switching carriers during a transcontinental journey would inevitably lead to missed connections and lost luggage.
By marketing JetBlue’s flights as its own, Lufthansa would broaden its footprint at John F Kennedy International Airport, a key US gateway to the world.
The arrangement may in turn help JetBlue, one of the biggest operators at JFK, persuade more US passengers to choose its service on transatlantic travel.
The two companies will file their request with the US Department of Transportation as early as Monday, people familiar with the matter said. Lufthansa acquired a 19 per cent stake in JetBlue last year for $300m.
Stephan Gemkow, Lufthansa chief financial officer, and Christoph Franz, chief executive of Swiss International Air Lines, a Lufthansa unit, sit on the New York airline’s board.
Lufthansa shared few details on its plans for JetBlue at the time of its initial investment, fuelling the doubts of industry insiders who viewed the partnership as an unlikely pairing.
Germany’s flag carrier and the second-largest airline in Europe, Lufthansa had already established a joint venture with United Airlines, with a global network and powerful hubs in Chicago, Washington, Los Angeles, Denver and San Francisco.
In contrast, JetBlue had emerged in the past decade as a plucky domestic airline that lured passengers with cheap tickets and live television.
But unlike United Airlines or Lufthansa’s other US ally, US Airways, JetBlue possesses a large trove of take-off and landing slots at JFK – one of the world’s top international airports in the largest US city. Last year, the carrier opened a new, state-of-the-art terminal at JFK capable of handling as many as 250 flights a day.
Code-share accords are a staple of international travel, with alliances and joint ventures extending the reach of domestic airlines to every corner of the world.
Lufthansa anchors one of the three major groupings, the Star Alliance.
“We’re looking to capitalise on our position at JFK, where we’re the largest domestic airline,” JetBlue said.
 

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Well at least the Jetblue pilots will have the ability to agree to the terms of the codeshare and determine when we take the widebodies eastbound.

Oh yeah almost forgot the jb pilots cant do anything.. This is a good thing for everyone short term but how does it play out for the jb pilots long term?
 

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Well at least the Jetblue pilots will have the ability to agree to the terms of the codeshare and determine when we take the widebodies eastbound.

Oh yeah almost forgot the jb pilots cant do anything.. This is a good thing for everyone short term but how does it play out for the jb pilots long term?

Yep and Blue Bafoon and his minions think they don't need a union. Uncle Dave and the BOOBS will take care of everything.
 

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Yep and Blue Bafoon and his minions think they don't need a union. Uncle Dave and the BOOBS will take care of everything.

So much hatred... Band of Blue was only a few who apparently had more influence than the many who talk like you do... Lighten up Francis...
 

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So much hatred... Band of Blue was only a few who apparently had more influence than the many who talk like you do... Lighten up Francis...

Well B.Bafoon, you BOOBS lied to our pilot group. I'm amazed that so many of you boobs didn't even know what out our weak benefits are. Fools.
 

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Who cares!!!!!!!!
 

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Well B.Bafoon, you BOOBS lied to our pilot group. I'm amazed that so many of you boobs didn't even know what out our weak benefits are. Fools.

I'm sorry, I thought you were talking about the Band of Blue, my mistake, you're specifying a group "BOOBS" that is not recognized but for an anatomical part of a female, or in your case, male... Kidding aside, how does this relate to the LH code share again???

Waiting for the next rant...
 

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Are there any Unionized majors that don't have a codeshare? Does anyone really think if a union was voted in in Jan that this codeshare wouldn't be happining today? Give me a break.
 

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Are there any Unionized majors that don't have a codeshare? Does anyone really think if a union was voted in in Jan that this codeshare wouldn't be happining today? Give me a break.
And those unionized carriers have scope. I wouldn't want to be a B6 190 pilot. You guys are now the most expensive 190 pilots in the industry with no scope. Hmmm, I wonder what could be farmed out to save money.
 

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I'm sorry, I thought you were talking about the Band of Blue, my mistake, you're specifying a group "BOOBS" that is not recognized but for an anatomical part of a female, or in your case, male... Kidding aside, how does this relate to the LH code share again???

Waiting for the next rant...

Blue bayou,

Are you or were you a Band of Blue member?
 

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So much hatred... Band of Blue was only a few who apparently had more influence than the many who talk like you do... Lighten up Francis...


If your name is on that list, you better get used to it.

Union busting is frowned upon in this industry. Especially when executed by a fellow pilot.

That's how it works. That's how we get paid.

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just wondering how the rest of the star alliance feels about this?? isn't that why the alliance was created??
 

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If your name is on that list, you better get used to it.

Union busting is frowned upon in this industry. Especially when executed by a fellow pilot.

That's how it works. That's how we get paid.

.

Share with us again, what union was busted...????

You cannot bust something that doesn't exsist. A large percentage just indicated they didn't want a union at JetBlue, for the moment.

No Big Deal.
 

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I've heard rumors the APA, SWAPA, IPA, and ALPA have a plan for you guys if you reform the BOB group during the next drive.
 

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Got scope? There go your trans atlantic route possibilities to another carrier with one stroke of a pen...
 

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I've heard rumors the APA, SWAPA, IPA, and ALPA have a plan for you guys if you reform the BOB group during the next drive.

OOOOOOh

I'll bet the bobs are shaking in their boots.

I really doubt they care what happens at JetBlue.
 
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